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Comedy Storytelling Workshop with Matt Price and We Are Funny

  • Farr's School of Dancing 17 -19 Dalston Lane London, England, E8 2LX United Kingdom (map)

The cost for the day includes a pub lunch and drink, pint or glass of wine. £65 Early Bird price expires Monday June 6th.

Who should attend : The course is for people who want to develop their storytelling skills. Newbies and more seasoned comics and public speakers will benefit from this day.

The aim is to help participants get a better a understanding of the mechanics of telling a funny story. By the end of it, students will have a broad insight in how to develop and structure a story from the initial idea to a honed piece of comedy.

The course will include practical tips on how to :

use silences to great affect
seamlessly set up and use callbacks
weaving in and out of banter
telling two stories at once
finding a story that suits your persona
tying everything up at the end
narrative arc for an hour long show or longer story
Tone and stage craft
Things that can go wrong that can be used to your advantage

In recent years storytelling comedy has become a separate sub genre at the Edinburgh Festival and increasingly comedians are describing themselves as storytellers. Traditionally that was code for either “not funny”, or “not having any jokes.” Now a storytelling style is very popular with audiences at comedy clubs and comedy festivals all over the world.

Students will be provided stage time at a We Are Funny Project open mic night in the period following the class in order to apply some of what they have learned.

There is a knack to telling a good story. A way of cutting out unnecessary set ups, deciding what the story is about and what it's really about. Most importantly, there is a way of making a story engaging and funny. That is the overall aim of this course.

Participants will need to prepare in advance, either an outline of a story or a story that is 3 minutes in length. They need to be able to explain why it's funny. They will perform their story and get feedback in the afternoon. They will leave with a better understanding of how to tell their story in a club set or show.

Matt has performed in over 30 countries, received an award nomination for a solo show in Australia, performed 5 solo shows in Edinburgh and have received many 4 and 5 stars reviews (for narrative solo shows). Matt has also received a few bad reviews over the years too, which makes him even more qualified to present a workshop of this nature. He works for most UK comedy promoters and have a reputation as being an interactive, joke based storyteller.

Matt Price in Australia 2015 

Matt Price with a weird heckler